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This paper examines the controversial issue of ordaining female priests in the modern Catholic church through analyzing a survey on this topic. The case study includes interviews with a number of Catholics in addition to refering in part to what is known as the official papal letter 'Ordinato Sacerdotalis', which deals with ordaining female priests. First, the paper explores the Church's complex attitude toward women, citing different Biblical passages. Then, the interviews are summarized in the paper, which show very contrasting opinions among Catholics. The paper concludes by quoting Pope John Paul II's declaration that women are not to be ordained as priests.
From the Paper:"First of all, the attitude of the Catholic Church toward women in general has always been extremely complex. For example, as the mother of Jesus Christ, Mary has been given great respect and honor and is looked upon as the first among mortal women. Her status thus comes from her motherhood and of course from the suggestion that Jesus was born of an immaculate conception. Traditional Catholic teaching also emphasizes Eve, the wife of Adam, often referred to as "the temptress and the key figure in the drama of original sin and the human fall from grace" in the Garden of Eden (McBrien, 87)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- "Apostolic Letter of John Paul II to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone." 2007. Internet. Retrieved February 26, 2009 from http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/ hf_jp-ii_apl_22051994_ordinatio-sacerdotalis_en.html.
- Butler, Francis J. American Catholic Identity: Essays in an Age of Change. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 2002.
- Davidson, James D. The Search for Common Ground: What Unites and Divides Catholic Americans. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 1997.
- Chittiser, Joan. Woman Strength: The Modern Church and Modern Women. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 2000.
- McBrien, Richard P. Catholicism. 3rd. ed. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1994.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
A Survey on Female Ordination in the Catholic Church (2010, December 29) Retrieved May 26, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/a-survey-on-female-ordination-in-the-catholic-church-146489/
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